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Equatorial Guinea president visits Buhari, preaches dialogue as way out of crisis


President Muhammadu Buhari shortly after being conferred with Equitorial Guinea’s highest national honour of Gran Collar De La Orden De La Independencia by President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea PHOTO: STATE HOUSE

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, yesterday met with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja, where he stressed the need for dialogue as the only solution to the sundry crisis besetting countries of the West African sub-region.

Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Mbasogo said the visit to Abuja was to know about President Buhari’s condition of health after his return from a long medical vacation in London last last year.

Mbasogo who said his visit to Buhari was also in line with a maxim that when a fellow person is down, it is the responsibility of people around him to seek his wellbeing, said he was glad to see the president looking hail and hearty.

He also said the visit afforded him the opportunity to congratulate the president over his efforts in the fight against the rampaging activities of Boko Haram, which he said had also spread to other West African countries including Chad and Cameroun.

He stated that Buhari’s disposition to combat the activities of the insurgents had also succeeded in tackling their menace, except for pockets of attacks in isolated areas.

Mbasogo who spoke through a Spanish interpreter, said the meeting also discussed security concerns in the neighbouring West African countries, added that he and Buhari were working together with a view to securing a common ground towards achieving desired goals.

The president, said his country had faced security crises orchestrated by rampaging terrorists from Chad and Sudan with collaborators from France, his decision to promptly reach out to Cameroun helped to put the situation under control.

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